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About me

I am a professionally qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist and cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT). I am also an Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT), (Tapping) Master Practitioner. In addition to this, I am experienced in providing emotional and practical family support.

Prior to counselling, my background was in people management in a number of large organisations. My success in these roles, together with the job satisfaction I gained through seeing people grow and flourish, set a good foundation for my career in counselling. I genuinely care about helping people feel better in order to live better. By offering the right support, at the right time, I work to help my clients move from surviving to thriving.

What I offer

  • A confidential one-to-one counselling service to individual adults, children and teenagers
  • Short-term counselling (typically 6 to 12 sessions) or longer-term psychotherapy
  • Brief solution-focused therapy to support through crisis events
  • EFT (Tapping) to individual adults, teenagers, children and to small groups

I also offer child-centred, interactive, workshop style sessions themed on Lego Based Therapy or the use of Movement to Feel Healthy and Happy.

Website coming soon.

My personal Approach

My counselling model is Humanistic and I practice as an Integrative Therapist, which means I am skilled across a range of counselling styles. My approach is holistic and my way of working is led by a careful understanding of my client’s individual needs. Each client is met with warmth, empathy, respect and compassion.

I work to help clients make sense of their circumstances. Often this could be helping them to adapt or adjust to challenging life events such as change or loss. Strengthening resilience is a core focus of my work, so too is empowerment.

I help my clients to define and prioritise their issues and encourage them to set goals so they can see progress being made. I will teach about the link between thoughts, behaviours and mood (CBT), emotional development will be explored by linking life events to age (Psychodynamic) and we will look at relationships (Transactional Analysis). I use mindfulness to encourage relaxation and I use EFT/Tapping to reduce all types of stress. How these are used over the course of counselling sessions depends on the individual client.

I share knowledge and resources with clients so they can develop tools to support themselves outside of and beyond the end of our counselling sessions.

My Professional Background and Experience

I provide counselling, CBT Therapy and EFT therapy in my private practice and in Action Cancer. I have 6 years experience of counselling in a busy GP Group Practice and I have previously worked for Contact/Lifeline.

I am experienced in working with a wide spectrum of issues: anxiety, depression, addiction, abuse (sexual & domestic), post-natal depression, birth trauma, miscarriage, infant loss, infertility, PTSD, OCD, chronic ill health, bereavement, pre-bereavement, complicated grief, suicidal ideation & behaviour, self-harm, relationship issues, identity issues, anger and many more. I am experienced in supporting older clients struggling with loneliness due to bereavement or retirement for example. I am experienced in supporting young adults with additional needs.

In Action Cancer I support individual adults and children whose lives have been impacted by cancer. This includes family members of those with a cancer diagnosis and those either bereaved or facing bereavement through cancer. This is a hugely rewarding environment to work in.

Through employment as a Parent Support Co-ordinator for a local established charity, I am experienced in family support work. I provided emotional and practical support to families with children affected by sight loss. I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of this role.

My work experience and personal life experience has highlighted the pressing need for one-to-one emotional support for parents of children with different needs. These parents live with the same issues and stresses that any adult faces but they have the added stress that comes with raising a child or children with different needs. I can provide counselling that understands the support needs of those who care for children and young people with additional needs ranging from learning disability and physical disability through to sensory impairments and ASD.

Initial Contact/What to expect

  • Clients can contact me via the email link above, by text or by mobile. I will then call you to make arrangements for our first meeting
  • In our first appointment, we will talk about your needs and the counselling process. We will contract on how we will work together and agree the purpose, time, place and frequency of our sessions
  • I work in both Templepatrick / Dunadry and in Antrim town. Both locations are discreet with good parking and are easily accessible to clients from Larne, Ballyclare and the wider Antrim area.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • Registered Member of BACP - Accredited
  • University of Ulster – FdSc Degree in Counselling (L5) – Distinction
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) – (L5) – Diploma in CBT
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - (L5) - Diploma in Trauma Informed Counselling Children and Young People
  • Guild of Energists – Accredited EFT Master Practitioner – Diploma

Training, Seminars and Conferences

  • Online and Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor (80 hrs)
  • ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Training
  • CiNI – Child Protection Training
  • Mental Health First Aid – PHA
  • Bereavement Awareness – Cruse
  • Exploring Pre-Bereavement – SRH Counselling Services
  • Understanding the Impact of Sexual Abuse - NEXUS
  • Breaking the Silence on Sexual Abuse – NEXUS
  • The Impact of Cancer on Children – Cancer Fund for Children
  • Pregnancy Choices Counselling – FPA
  • Substance Misuse & Prescription Misuse – ASCERT
  • Types & Effects of Domestic Violence - Women's Aid
  • Counselling Women affected by Domestic Violence – Women’s Aid
  • An Integrated Systemic Approach to Trauma – Assoc Family Therapy NI
  • Birth Trauma Counselling (Introduction to) – A McKinley
  • Cancer Awareness Training - Action Cancer
  • BRCA Annual Conference – Action Cancer

Children and Young People Centred Training:

  • Fresh Little Minds - GROW - Facilitator
  • Lego Based Therapy with Play Therapy NI
  • Kids Club Leader – Healthy Happy Kids with Mini-Me-Yoga
  • Young Hearts & Minds – Trauma Conference – Action Trauma
  • Resilience Seminar – Action Trauma
  • Working Therapeutically with Children – SRH Counselling Services
  • Music Therapy – CiNI – Shane Harvey
  • Autism and Communication – Let’s Expand Communication – R Crampton SLT
  • Understanding Autism; Managing Behaviour; Emotional Well-being – SENsations Dr C Caughey
  • Counselling Children through Creative & Expressive communication – Play Therapy NI
  • Sensory Processing and ASD – Autism NI
  • Sensory Processing – SENsations
  • Dyslexia and Assistive Technology – S McCartney
  • Makaton Introduction – Makaton NI
  • Social Stories/Comic Strips – R Doyle
  • Supporting Children with DCD/Dyspraxia – Sharon Drew
  • Cortical Visual Impairment – The Royal Blind School Scotland
  • Talking Teenagers – BOUNCE – Health and Social Care Trust
  • Regional Initial Assessment Tool (RIAT) – ASCERT
  • Sexual Health Training – NHSCT

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

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Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Based on 1-hour sessions

  • Individual clients £35
  • For small group work, fees are agreed by arrangement


To reduce concerns about COVID transmission risk and motivated by positive client feedback, I am delivering my services via zoom or phone.

Further information


I am enthusiastic about the addition of EFT to my therapeutic practice. I find it a tremendous resource that fits naturally with my way of working. My practice was described by an assessor, as “advanced and insightful”. My clients have achieved positive outcomes across an array of issues. These include, relief from: Anxiety symptoms, PTSD symptoms, Phobias, Complicated Grief, Relationship issues, Chronic Pain and many more. EFT can be part of counselling support but it is also highly effective as a standalone treatment intervention.

I’d like to emphasise its potential benefits for clients with chronic pain. A core feature of EFT is stress reduction. Those living with chronic pain, besides the pain itself, can be anxious and distressed about the cause of the pain, the impact it has on their daily lives and the long-term use of pain medication. EFT can help with managing these associated stresses. It can teach relaxation techniques and coping strategies which can improve the client’s relationship with their pain and thereby improve their daily lives.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Through working online, by zoom or phone, my accessibility limitations can be overcome. I invite clients to check out the convenience and comfort that online counselling offers.

Tricia Butler - MBACP (Accred), Counselling, CBT & EFT at Clear Counselling NI

Tricia Butler - MBACP (Accred), Counselling, CBT & EFT at Clear Counselling NI